A motorcyclist has died after losing control and hitting a pole in Melbourne's north.

Police believe the 35-year-old Craigieburn man was attempting to overtake a vehicle when he lost control before 7pm (AEDT) on Friday.

He then struck a pole near the intersection of Bridgewater Road and Gillingham Crescent, Craigieburn and died at the scene.

The death brings Victoria's road toll to six, compared with 15 at the same time last year.